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That’s a Wrap!

Weekly Wrap Ups

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The year is officially coming to a close, and we’re becoming a bit wistful over all of the amazing weddings we’ve featured this year! We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-ups of our favorite moments from this year as much as we have, but we’re not quite done yet — we thought we’d compile the most popular songs from the weddings we’ve featured in 2011. Some are everlasting favorites, while others are definitely newcomers to the scene. What songs did you play or will play at your wedding? We’d love to know!

NYE wedding ideas

“That’s How Strong My Love Is” Otis Redding, view weddings.
“Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, song chosen by these couples.
“Dressed Up In Love,” Jennifer Hudson, first dance of Megan and Mike.
“You Are the Best Thing” Ray LaMontagne, chosen by these couples at their gorgeous weddings.
“The Good Life,” Kanye West, recessional song of Alana and Richard.
“My Girl,” The Temptations, played at these weddings.
“Love and Some Verses,” Iron and Wine, first song of Lindsay and Jason and played at these weddings
“Sea of Love,” Cat Power, played at this wedding.
“Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. View all weddings from couples who chose Van Morrison’s tunes.
“First Day of my Life” Bright Eyes. See all the weddings who played this song by clicking HERE.


Speaking of our Best Ofs, here’s a recap of our highlighted weddings of the year and features of the week:

2011 Fashion
2011 Ceremonies
2011 Reception Details
2011 Bouquets
2011 DIY Projects
Festive Michigan Metropark Wedding
New bridesmaid dresses by Whitney Deal
Manhattan Winery Wedding
NYE party with 4 easy DIY projects


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Happy New Year!

Best of 2011: Reception Details

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We’re continuing our Best of 2011 week with a perennial favorite, the reception table! From airy and floral to rustic and slightly rugged, we’ve got something for everyone. Click on each image to see the original feature. Here are some of our favorite reception settings, in no particular order:

farmer's market wedding ideas
1. Farmer’s Market inspired wedding shot by Steep Street and designed by Simply Modern Weddings

aqua ribbon streamer backdrop photobooth
2. Streamer photobooth backdrop from this Ontario wedding by J.R. Clubb, backdrop handmade by the bride and groom.

Brooklyn Botanical gardens vintage weddingBrooklyn Botanical gardens vintage wedding
3. Conservatory wedding shot by Jen Huang, floral design by Zuzu’s Petals.

pink and green diy reception table decor ideas
4. Smog Shoppe Wedding shot by onelove photography, planning by Jamie Stein

woodsy reception table decor ideas
5. Woodsy Wedding shot by Braedon Flynn Photography, styling by Kerry Bergler, Mint Events

Paris wedding receptionParis wedding reception
6. Wedding in Paris, captured by One and Only Paris Photography

modern multicolored reception table decor ideas
7. Musical PA Wedding shot by Love Me Do Photography, planning by Kimberly Fink at Styled Creative

coral envelope wall guestbook idea
8.This envelope guest book wall idea from this Utah wedding shot by Meg Ruth Photography certainly has made the rounds on the web, but it’s worth another look!

green and white reception table decor ideas
9. 1960s Inspiration Shoot shot and styled by Rebecca Hansen

floral reception table decor ideas
10. Australian Wedding shot by Natasja Kremers

seersucker wedding decor ideas
11. Garden wedding table designed by Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine. Captured by Beaux Arts Photographie

frame lace ribbon board
12. NYC wedding shot by Clayton Austin, designed by Hatch Creative Studio.

rustic barn reception table decor ideas
13. Rustic Barn Wedding shot by Mary McHenry Photography, styling by Vibrant Events by Corina Beczner

georgia black tie weddinggeorgia black tie wedding
14. The mason jar chandeliers from this Georgia wedding shot by Heidi of Our Labor of Love are amazing, and so is the menu poster!

just married sign
15. This Brisbane wedding shot by Jonathan Ong will have your eyes full of pretty.

We have many, many more to show here in the photo gallery!

New Year’s Eve Party

DIY Projects

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The girls at HEYLOOK sent over a NYE party kit that is as fabulous as it is simple to decorate at home, just in time for tomorrow! Here are four easy DIY projects that are a must for a New Year’s Eve party:

DIY streamer letter

1. Gold fringe wrapped numbers:

For the NYE “2012” decor you’ll need:
– cardboard (we used some boxes leftover from Christmas gifts)
– a tinsel door curtain (available at party supply stores like this one)
– glue and scissors
– numbers (or letters) printed on paper to desired size.

NYE DIY streamer lettersNYE DIY streamer letters

NYE wedding ideas

Trace number outlines to cardboard and cut out. The font used on the numbers is called Bebas neue and can be downloaded free here. Then place some glue on the cardboard cut out and wrap a few strips of the foil curtain around it. Continue in this way until the entire cardboard number is covered with foil strips. You can cut off excess strips or simply let them hang off loosely, depending on what look you’re going for. If you like the look we created, make twist the strips a few times while wrapping and attaching them to the number. If you like it more neat, attach the strips evenly.

These numbers, although fairly large, are very light-weight and can be hung from the ceiling on nylon string with a bit of tape.

We completed the look by hanging strips of foil curtain from the ceiling in several places. This entire decor is done with one single curtain, so the costs are really low.

NYE wedding ideas

NYE DIY confetti poppersDIY confetti poppers

2. Confetti Poppers:

For the confetti poppers you’ll need:

– tissue paper
– toilet paper rolls
– glue, scissors
– erm…confetti
– glitter dots (you can use a hole punch to make your own)
– double sided tape
– sewing needle and thread
– streamers
– nylon fishing line

Brush a thin coat of coat of glue on toilet paper rolls and wrap tissue paper like in the photo above. Using a sewing needle, pull the thread on one end of your popper. This will be the bottom of your confetti popper. Once you threaded one end, make sure to make a knot large enough on the inside so the thread stays put. Add confetti, and tie the other end of your popper with fishing line to hang from the ceiling. Embellish with tissue paper, glitter dots, double sided tape and loose glitter sprinkled on.

NYE wedding ideas

3. Tinsel “sparkler” cake toppers:
You can make some cake decor and drink stirrers with tinsel garlands. We simply attached a piece of tinsel to gold wire and stuck them into our rather imperfect (but yummy!) coconut cream cake.

NYE wedding ideas

4. Wishes for the New Year:

They also created a printable for Wishes for 2012, an idea worth perusing in lieu of guest books for your weddings! Guests can write their wishes for the new year and hang them on streamers. Print out the cards for the New Year’s wishes and cut them out.

Bebas neue from dafont, which can be downloaded here
Old Script, which can be downloaded here

Thank you HEYLOOK for sharing these tutorials with us!

View all images in the gallery

Download 2012 New Year poster and wish cards